SPOILER FREE BOOK REVIEW
Bad Women is a collection of short stories which follows the different lives of six English women in the modern world as they misbehave. Some are teenagers on the cusp of womanhood, others are wives and mothers. Some are electrified by life, others are thoroughly disillusioned by it. Some are painfully stylish, others uncomfortable in their bodies. We meet them all at defining moments in their story.
The titles of the short stories are The Femme Fatale Next Door, Sisters, The Five of Us, Meet Me in the Pale Moonlight, La Belle Dame Sans Merci and Dirty Talk.
At the title of each story there is an illustration too, which was a lovely touch, and the board to the side is all of them.
I do not often reach for short story collections or anthologies, but this was one that caught my interest as I am such a fan of contemporary. I don’t like my contemporary to be light, I want it to make me flinch and this did just that. Reading about such defining moments really did it for me.
I think my favourite story is a bit of a toss up. On the one hand we have Sisters because I really enjoyed Mona’s strength. But on the other, we have Meet Me in the Pale Moonlight as I found the dynamic fascinating, as well as the final resolve. To me, the things they went through and how they came out of them were the biggest turning points. But of course each and every story had really interesting themes and packed a punch.
This collection left me wanting more and I would love to read more about any of the women featured. I will be keeping my eyes peeled for whatever Celine brings out next.
The author is also running a Christmas giveaway to thank her readers for their support, so be sure to check out her site here.
If you’d like to enter the giveaway here is the link. It closes on 19th January and is open to European, US and Australian residents.
You can win:
- Vogue: The Covers, a beautiful hardcover coffee table book of iconic Vogue magazine covers.
- Charlotte Tilbury Pillowtalk Diamonds Duo gift-set.
- City of Girls by the no.1 New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert.
- GUCCI Eau de Parfum for her 50ml.
BUT WAIT, there’s more…
Every entrant will receive a FREE ebook from the authors ‘Bad Women’ collection of short stories to enjoy!
Good luck to everyone who enters and happy reading if you pick up the wonderful collection!